Mari Meyer   Producer, Co-Writer, Actor   Mari is a writer, journalist, filmmaker and actor. As a writer, she has over ten years of experience in news, art and entertainment journalism, both in the Netherlands in the U.S. Mari holds a BA in Journalism and completed the 3 Year Conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She is a founding member of the OutsideIn theater project at Stella Adler, an ensemble that creates and performs original work with (formerly) incarcerated people and recovering addicts. Mari also served as a faculty member of the Stella Adler Outreach Division and taught both Acting Technique and Contemporary Scene Study to a select group of high school students on a scholarship. She is co-producer and co-director of VAGILANT, documentary short on the Women's March on Washington, and was the lead producer on  A Whole New World , a music video project directed by Maya Eshet (Netflix' To The Bone, SyFy's Nightflyers). Together with Sarah Cronk she is currently hard at work on a narrative digital series. Find out more  on her website .

Mari Meyer

Producer, Co-Writer, Actor

Mari is a writer, journalist, filmmaker and actor. As a writer, she has over ten years of experience in news, art and entertainment journalism, both in the Netherlands in the U.S. Mari holds a BA in Journalism and completed the 3 Year Conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She is a founding member of the OutsideIn theater project at Stella Adler, an ensemble that creates and performs original work with (formerly) incarcerated people and recovering addicts. Mari also served as a faculty member of the Stella Adler Outreach Division and taught both Acting Technique and Contemporary Scene Study to a select group of high school students on a scholarship. She is co-producer and co-director of VAGILANT, documentary short on the Women's March on Washington, and was the lead producer on A Whole New World, a music video project directed by Maya Eshet (Netflix' To The Bone, SyFy's Nightflyers). Together with Sarah Cronk she is currently hard at work on a narrative digital series. Find out more on her website.

 
 Sarah Cronk   Producer, Co-Writer, Actor   Sarah is an actor, producer, writer and musician. As an actor, her regional theatre credits include Worcester Shakespeare Company: Othello (Emilia), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Merchant of Venice (Nerissa). Other NYC credits include: Two Rooms (Lainie). Sarah is a featured soloist with Studio Senakwami’s annual concerts at The Appel Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center). Her production credits include: Lucky Penny (Associate Producer; Harold Clurman Lab Theatre), Two Rooms (Executive Producer; Theatre Lab). Sarah will be Assistant Producer for the upcoming 12th season of Summer Shorts, a premiere short play festival at 59E59 Theaters. Most recently, Sarah was script supervisor on the short film Happy, written by Alan Zweibel and directed by Fred Berner. Sarah and Mari have completed writing the first season of a new narrative series, which follows emerging musicians in NYC. Production for their new project will begin late 2018. Sarah is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting 3 Year Conservatory. Find her online  here .

Sarah Cronk

Producer, Co-Writer, Actor

Sarah is an actor, producer, writer and musician. As an actor, her regional theatre credits include Worcester Shakespeare Company: Othello (Emilia), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Merchant of Venice (Nerissa). Other NYC credits include: Two Rooms (Lainie). Sarah is a featured soloist with Studio Senakwami’s annual concerts at The Appel Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center). Her production credits include: Lucky Penny (Associate Producer; Harold Clurman Lab Theatre), Two Rooms (Executive Producer; Theatre Lab). Sarah will be Assistant Producer for the upcoming 12th season of Summer Shorts, a premiere short play festival at 59E59 Theaters. Most recently, Sarah was script supervisor on the short film Happy, written by Alan Zweibel and directed by Fred Berner. Sarah and Mari have completed writing the first season of a new narrative series, which follows emerging musicians in NYC. Production for their new project will begin late 2018. Sarah is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting 3 Year Conservatory. Find her online here.

 Erik Spink   Director & Editor   Erik is a producer at Vacant Light, a film and media production company based in NYC. He has worked in production and post-production for the past decade predominately in non-fiction storytelling. Erik earned his Bachelors of Arts in Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts, where he is now a member of the faculty. In the corporate arena, Erik has co-produced and created original branded content for companies such as Jameson Whiskey, Dell, Intel, and The Village Voice. Erik was the co-producer for Amitabh Joshi’s documentary feature film Tashi’s Turbine, which premiered in 2015. Erik’s work in documentary films has screened at festivals internationally and received support and recognition from institutions such as The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Ford Foundation, The Center for Asian American Media, and The Paley Center for Media.

Erik Spink

Director & Editor

Erik is a producer at Vacant Light, a film and media production company based in NYC. He has worked in production and post-production for the past decade predominately in non-fiction storytelling. Erik earned his Bachelors of Arts in Cinema Studies at SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts, where he is now a member of the faculty. In the corporate arena, Erik has co-produced and created original branded content for companies such as Jameson Whiskey, Dell, Intel, and The Village Voice. Erik was the co-producer for Amitabh Joshi’s documentary feature film Tashi’s Turbine, which premiered in 2015. Erik’s work in documentary films has screened at festivals internationally and received support and recognition from institutions such as The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Ford Foundation, The Center for Asian American Media, and The Paley Center for Media.

 
 Amitabh Joshi   Director of Photography   Amitabh, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, is currently based in New York City. He is interested in exploring environmental sustainability, cultural identities and youth related issues. He is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a production company in New York City. Tashi's Turbine is his first feature length documentary which premiered on PBS’s WORLD Channel. Amitabh was awarded the Princess Grace JustFilms Grant in 2012, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation grant in 2013, Film Society of Lincoln Center Artist Academy, and Center for Asian American Media Documentary Fund in 2014. Amitabh has worked as a cinematographer for Art21, Positive Exposure, Northside Media and many others. In 2017, Amitabh completed his most recent short narrative film Hiccups on location in Nepal.

Amitabh Joshi

Director of Photography

Amitabh, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, is currently based in New York City. He is interested in exploring environmental sustainability, cultural identities and youth related issues. He is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a production company in New York City. Tashi's Turbine is his first feature length documentary which premiered on PBS’s WORLD Channel. Amitabh was awarded the Princess Grace JustFilms Grant in 2012, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation grant in 2013, Film Society of Lincoln Center Artist Academy, and Center for Asian American Media Documentary Fund in 2014. Amitabh has worked as a cinematographer for Art21, Positive Exposure, Northside Media and many others. In 2017, Amitabh completed his most recent short narrative film Hiccups on location in Nepal.

 JoAnne Harris   Composer   JoAnne Harris is from the heartland; now living in NYC. She has attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Juilliard, in the evening division. She is a steering committee member of the SCL in New York and a member of Women in Music. Selected works for film: Mal de Ojo (HBO, original score), LAByrinth (feature film, orchestrator / conductor), The Infiltrator (feature film, orchestrator/conductor), Cassandra French's Finishing School (AT&T's Audience Network, original score), Off the Rails (feature film, orchestrator/conductor). Selected works for theatre: Theatre: Shinnyo-En Lantern Lighting for Peace Ceremonies at Lincoln Center 2014, 2015 (arranger/conductor), Sylvia (Broadway, music associate). JoAnne is a finalist of the Dallas Winds Fanfare competition 2016-2017.

JoAnne Harris

Composer

JoAnne Harris is from the heartland; now living in NYC. She has attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Juilliard, in the evening division. She is a steering committee member of the SCL in New York and a member of Women in Music. Selected works for film: Mal de Ojo (HBO, original score), LAByrinth (feature film, orchestrator / conductor), The Infiltrator (feature film, orchestrator/conductor), Cassandra French's Finishing School (AT&T's Audience Network, original score), Off the Rails (feature film, orchestrator/conductor). Selected works for theatre: Theatre: Shinnyo-En Lantern Lighting for Peace Ceremonies at Lincoln Center 2014, 2015 (arranger/conductor), Sylvia (Broadway, music associate). JoAnne is a finalist of the Dallas Winds Fanfare competition 2016-2017.

 
 Nick Piacente   Actor   Nat.Tour: Curious George (George). NY: C.O.A.L. (Boy), Fox on the Fairway (Justin). Regional: Doublewide (Chuck), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), The Tempest (Ferdinand). Nick has worked for Florida Studio Theatre, 59E59 Theatres, THEATREWORKS USA, Oldcastle Theatre Co., and Premiere Stages to name a few. TV: Losing It with John Stamos (Hamos). He is a reader for ABC Primetime Casting, a narrator for Audible.com and has a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch, Stella Adler Studio.  For more information, visit his  website .

Nick Piacente

Actor

Nat.Tour: Curious George (George). NY: C.O.A.L. (Boy), Fox on the Fairway (Justin). Regional: Doublewide (Chuck), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), The Tempest (Ferdinand). Nick has worked for Florida Studio Theatre, 59E59 Theatres, THEATREWORKS USA, Oldcastle Theatre Co., and Premiere Stages to name a few. TV: Losing It with John Stamos (Hamos). He is a reader for ABC Primetime Casting, a narrator for Audible.com and has a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch, Stella Adler Studio.  For more information, visit his website.

 Calaine Schafer   Actor    Calaine is an actress, writer, and producer in New York City. Most recently she was Girl in Hot L Baltimore   with The Harold Clurman Lab. Calaine is  the co-creator of the award winning web series BE Bettina & Elaine. Both seasons are available online. Find out more by visiting  her website .

Calaine Schafer

Actor

Calaine is an actress, writer, and producer in New York City. Most recently she was Girl in Hot L Baltimore with The Harold Clurman Lab. Calaine is  the co-creator of the award winning web series BE Bettina & Elaine. Both seasons are available online. Find out more by visiting her website.

 
 Jason Gray   Actor   Jason is an actor, writer and director. Acting credits include Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun in Omaha, NE, Tom in To Kill A Mockingbird in Roanoke, VA, and the title role in Othello with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He recently directed and starred in the web series Shampagne. In addition to his artistic work, Jason directs an acting program for at-risk teens at the Stella Adler Studio.

Jason Gray

Actor

Jason is an actor, writer and director. Acting credits include Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun in Omaha, NE, Tom in To Kill A Mockingbird in Roanoke, VA, and the title role in Othello with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. He recently directed and starred in the web series Shampagne. In addition to his artistic work, Jason directs an acting program for at-risk teens at the Stella Adler Studio.

 John Graham   Actor   John is an actor and comedy writer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His original web-series, Headshots & Breakdowns, has been seen over 160,000 times across various platforms and won him the Best Actor in a Comedy Award at LA WebFest and a nom for Best Actor at Miami WebFest. His Indie Sketch team, Basement Education, has performed at New York SketchFest and venues including Peoples Improv Theater in NY and Arcade Comedy Theater in Pittsburgh. John hosts a monthly variety show at the Peoples Improv Theater inspired by the comedic aesthetic of John Waters called Multiple Maniacs, and also performs monthly with the Magnet House Sketch Team, Raw Denim. He can be found online  here .

John Graham

Actor

John is an actor and comedy writer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His original web-series, Headshots & Breakdowns, has been seen over 160,000 times across various platforms and won him the Best Actor in a Comedy Award at LA WebFest and a nom for Best Actor at Miami WebFest. His Indie Sketch team, Basement Education, has performed at New York SketchFest and venues including Peoples Improv Theater in NY and Arcade Comedy Theater in Pittsburgh. John hosts a monthly variety show at the Peoples Improv Theater inspired by the comedic aesthetic of John Waters called Multiple Maniacs, and also performs monthly with the Magnet House Sketch Team, Raw Denim. He can be found online here.

 
 Ben Schnickel   Actor   Ben works mainly for the stage but is happy to join this great cast and crew for The Soothing System. In NYC he has worked for Retro Productions, Astoria Performing Arts Center and The Gallery Players. He has also appeared on Long Island with Guild Hall and the Hampton Theatre Company. He is a native of Minneapolis where he grew up performing at the Guthrie Theater and the Children’s Theatre Company. He received his B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College.  This is his website .

Ben Schnickel

Actor

Ben works mainly for the stage but is happy to join this great cast and crew for The Soothing System. In NYC he has worked for Retro Productions, Astoria Performing Arts Center and The Gallery Players. He has also appeared on Long Island with Guild Hall and the Hampton Theatre Company. He is a native of Minneapolis where he grew up performing at the Guthrie Theater and the Children’s Theatre Company. He received his B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College. This is his website.

 Theodore Bouloukos   Actor   Theodore Bouloukos is a New York-based actor. His performance work encompasses principal roles in independent narrative cinema that has premiered at Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Rotterdam, Berlin, Tribeca, Strasbourg, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Vienna, Sarasota, Moscow, BAMcinemaFest, and the Museum of Modern Art, among numerous global festivals and venues; and project collaborations with myriad established visual artists who work in video, voice, painting, sculpture, photography, live performance and tableaux vivants, and who have been internationally exhibited at museums, galleries and festivals, including the Venice Biennale, Art Basel, Sundance New Frontier, Documenta, Art Basel Miami, Performa, Lyon Biennale, among others.

Theodore Bouloukos

Actor

Theodore Bouloukos is a New York-based actor. His performance work encompasses principal roles in independent narrative cinema that has premiered at Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Rotterdam, Berlin, Tribeca, Strasbourg, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Vienna, Sarasota, Moscow, BAMcinemaFest, and the Museum of Modern Art, among numerous global festivals and venues; and project collaborations with myriad established visual artists who work in video, voice, painting, sculpture, photography, live performance and tableaux vivants, and who have been internationally exhibited at museums, galleries and festivals, including the Venice Biennale, Art Basel, Sundance New Frontier, Documenta, Art Basel Miami, Performa, Lyon Biennale, among others.

 
 Jessica Ritacco   Production Manager   Jessica works both on-camera and behind-the-scenes as an actress, sketch comedy writer/performer, director, and producer.  Over the years, she has collaborated on numerous award-winning short films, web series, and sketch videos with the NYC comedy groups: Grape Dutches of York, A2Z: Black & White, Sure Thing Chief, and many others.  She recently performed at the She Makes Me Laugh Femme Festival at The Peoples Improv Theater.  For more info, reel, and contact,  visit her online .  

Jessica Ritacco

Production Manager

Jessica works both on-camera and behind-the-scenes as an actress, sketch comedy writer/performer, director, and producer.  Over the years, she has collaborated on numerous award-winning short films, web series, and sketch videos with the NYC comedy groups: Grape Dutches of York, A2Z: Black & White, Sure Thing Chief, and many others.  She recently performed at the She Makes Me Laugh Femme Festival at The Peoples Improv Theater.  For more info, reel, and contact, visit her online.  

 Jocelyne O'Toole   Production Designer   Jocelyne O'Toole is an actor, writer, producer and all around busy human being. Please visit www.jocelyne-otoole or follow her on IG@jocelyneotoole. Working with Mari and Sarah has been an absolute pleasure.

Jocelyne O'Toole

Production Designer

Jocelyne O'Toole is an actor, writer, producer and all around busy human being. Please visit www.jocelyne-otoole or follow her on IG@jocelyneotoole. Working with Mari and Sarah has been an absolute pleasure.

 
 Jeremy Fong   Re-recording Mixer & Sound Editor   Jeremy is a re-recording mixer and sound editor based in Toronto, Canada. He spent his early years creating and performing music, and was drawn to film because he felt compelled to take viewers deeper into the world that is projected on the screen. He has been fortunate to work on many films and documentaries that aim to shed light on social issues. Recently, he was the dialogue- and effects editor and the re-recording mixer for My Enemy, My Brother, a short documentary film directed by Ann Shin, which went on to be selected for the Op-Docs documentary section of the The New York Times. The film tells the story of two soldiers that fought on opposite sides of the 1980 war between Iran and Iraq, and does not only shed a light on the futility of war, but showcases how love and equality can facility dialogue and allow people to come together. For more info on Jeremy,  click here.

Jeremy Fong

Re-recording Mixer & Sound Editor

Jeremy is a re-recording mixer and sound editor based in Toronto, Canada. He spent his early years creating and performing music, and was drawn to film because he felt compelled to take viewers deeper into the world that is projected on the screen. He has been fortunate to work on many films and documentaries that aim to shed light on social issues. Recently, he was the dialogue- and effects editor and the re-recording mixer for My Enemy, My Brother, a short documentary film directed by Ann Shin, which went on to be selected for the Op-Docs documentary section of the The New York Times. The film tells the story of two soldiers that fought on opposite sides of the 1980 war between Iran and Iraq, and does not only shed a light on the futility of war, but showcases how love and equality can facility dialogue and allow people to come together. For more info on Jeremy, click here.